In Melbourne Tonight (Incomplete episode dated 29 December 1961)
An incomplete episode of the long running Australian nightly variety show IMT, Starring Graham Kennedy and Bert Newton.
Run time 52:21Producer GTV-9Production Company GTV-9Audio/Visual sound, b/w
The copyright in Australian television broadcasts lasts for 50 years from date of broadcast. This video copy of a kinescope recording entered the public domain 1 January 2012.
This video is mastered from an extremely poor quality VHS dupe of the original kinescope. The video copy is multi-generational (tape swapping). The maximum amount of noise redusction, image stabalisation and enhancement has been applied to the upload. This is the maximum quality we could achieve from this tape.
The MP4 file is AVC h.264 AVC video with 48khz Stereo AAC audio (total bit rate of 1821 kbps)
January 23, 2014
A rare survivor...
This particular episode of IMT is a rarity in that it's taken from a 2" master - the overwhelming bulk of surviving Australian material from this period exits only on kinescope.
Re public domain status - Australia signed a Free Trade Agreement with the US in 2004. Under the agreement, copyright exists for 70 years from the first performance (raised from 50 years), meaning that this item isn't public domain until December 2031...
August 9, 2012
Throughout the episode, it is mentioned that this is not a typical episode. Instead, they play a massive news years eve gag, by having the dancers sing, the announcer play the violin, etc etc.
The episode contains lots of insanity, plus some un-PC comedy, music, a studio audience sing-a-long, and about four classic commercials.
Considering the rarity of Australian TV from this era, I instantly give it 4/5.....but the episode itself is also surprisingly entertaining, if a bit silly. I give it an extra star because I really liked the comedic game show segment and accompaning fashion show.